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Olivia Dunne excites Pirates friend Paul Skenes for an MLB call-up

Olivia Dunne excites Pirates friend Paul Skenes for an MLB call-up


Olivia Dunne is happy that her boyfriend, Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes, is joining The Show.

The Pirates announced Wednesday that Skenes will join their MLB roster and make his big league debut Saturday against the Cubs.

Dunne responded to the news on her Instagram Story, sharing a highlight video of Skenes and adding the caption: “…here we go!”

Paul Skenes will make his MLB debut against the Cubs on Saturday. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con
Olivia Dunne was excited that her boyfriend Paul Skenes is getting called up to the big leagues. Instagram / Olivia Dunne

Dunne is a famous gymnast at LSU, where Skenes threw in college.

The right-hander is a flamethrower whose MLB debut is highly anticipated.

This season, pitching in Triple-A Indianapolis, Skenes has 45 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings, along with a 0.99 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.

He reached 100 mph during Spring Training earlier this year and reached 61 mph in his last start on Sunday.

“I think the biggest thing was just to go out there and pitch to people because adrenaline is a great thing,” Skenes told reporters after his impressive Spring Training debut. “I just wanted to see where we are.”

Olivia Dunne and Paul Skenes made their relationship public last summer. livvydune/Instagram
Paul Skenes and Olivia Dunne cozy up together in a photo posted in September 2023. Paul Skenes Instagram

Last March, Dunne spoke to ESPN about what made their relationship blossom.

“He’s pretty down to earth all the time – that’s what I love about him – and I think that makes us a really good couple,” she said. “Because I have such a crazy lifestyle and things come my way all the time. Sometimes my emotions can get the better of him and he’s very equal, and I just think it’s a really good match.”

Skenes spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last August about what it was like to be one half of a famous couple.

Paul Skenes and Olivia Dunne at an LSU football game. Olivia Dunne/Instagram

“It’s definitely fun,” Skenes said at the time. “It can be a pain in the ass sometimes, to be honest, when it comes to actually going somewhere.

“If one of us were to go to Baton Rouge alone, there would probably be someone there asking for something: a photo, an autograph, whatever.”

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